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2016 Talent Shortage Survey

The ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey has been conducted for 11 years, with more 42,000 employers in 43 countries and territories interviewed about the skills gaps they face. It asks how difficult it is for them to fill jobs; which specific skills are hardest to find; and the strategies they've implemented to overcome recruitment difficulties.

The 2016 Talent Shortage Survey Results

Globally, 40% of employers reported difficulty filling positions. This represents a 2% year-on-year increase. Added to this, compared to 2015, talent shortages have worsened in six of the nine largest global economies.

Talent shortages in the UK are lower than the global average. Nonetheless, they're growing. This year, 18% of UK employers said they're having difficulty filling jobs. This is a 4% increase on last year, and the highest talent shortage since 2007.

Once again, engineers have been named as one of the hardest skills to find in the UK; while doctors and other non-nursing health professionals has entered the top 10 hardest jobs to fill for the first time.

Download our infographics to see the full 2016 Talent Shortage Survey UK and global results:

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